Art Smart: The Intelligent Guide to Investing in the Canadian Art Market

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Dundurn, Jan 1, 2007 - Art - 176 pages

Art Smart is a comprehensive guide to the Canadian art market for both novice and experienced collectors. It is full of advice that can give anyone the tools to determine the value of a piece of art and to not be intimidated by the often mystifying world of art. This informative and helpful volume covers the inner workings of the art market, from dealer trade secrets to expert strategies on buying and selling through auction houses and online.

Art Smart gives the reader the knowledge needed to build a collection for long-term investment value, and also covers tax and estate planning, copyright issues, and charitable donations. It also contains all the latest resources for art research, with useful appendices to guide the art consumer in becoming their own art connoisseur.

Art Smart is essential reading if you are curious to know more about how the art market functions and is an excellent resource guide for those already involved.


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How Value Is Determined in a Work of Art
Demystifying Art Terminology
Framing Conservation Restoration
Fakes Frauds and Forgeries
The Intricate World of Art and Money
The Smart Guide to Auctions
Alternative Sources for Fine Art
Investing in Art
Collecting Art
Theft Scams Insurance and Copyright
The Value of Art

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Page 17 - But chosen are those artists who penetrate to the region of that secret place where primeval power nurtures all evolution. There, where the power-house of all time and space— call it brain or heart of creation— activates every function; who is the artist who would not dwell there? In the womb of nature, at the source of creation, where the secret key to all lies guarded.

About the author (2007)

Alan Bryce started collecting art in the 60's when he bought his first original painting in the Yorkville area of Toronto. His collection of Canadian art now exceeds all available wall space and several storage locations. Alan specializes and loves the artwork of renowned Canadian artist Doris McCarthy and owns the largest private collection of her art in Canada.

In 2001, Alan opened a Gallery and art investment business called Passages Art Inc. He currently serves on the Board of The Doris McCarthy Gallery and is an active participant in all aspects of the Canadian art market.

Born and raised in Toronto, Alan studied Art History at University of Toronto and lives in Toronto with his wife, children, grandchildren and art.

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